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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Tuesday he plans to run for re-election this year.

Saffo said he is running again because there are several projects he wants to see completed.

He was appointed Mayor in July 2006 after former mayor Spence Broadhurst resigned. Since then Saffo has been re-elected in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Saffo has spent the last 10 years in public service, serving the citizens of the city he says welcomed his family generations ago.

“It’s the quintessential immigrants dream,” Saffo said. “People came to this country for a better way of life and were able to find that life here in Wilmington and this community was very generous and very supportive.”

He wants to see several projects be completed including the hotel next to the Wilmington Convention Center.

“We feel that we are very close. Obviously I have my fingers crossed, and I know city council seems very optimistic about this,” Saffo said.

Saffo says being mayor means listening to the people even if they do not agree with you vision, as was the case last year over raising taxes to build a baseball stadium.

“The city council evaluated it and thought it was a pretty decent proposal. I personally liked it, but at the end of the day, the citizens were going to have to make that decision,” Saffo said.

“My vision for Wilmington is to continue to improve the quality of life here and continue to protect it, and to continue to look for ways that we can grow our economy and put people back to work,” Saffo said.

The candidate filing period begins on July 5. Election Day is Nov. 5.

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2016 years 2 months ago

I hope everyone remembers what Saffo has tried to pull. More importantly please talk this up to everyone. Remind them of what he pulled. Lets keep this in the media and open public discussion. If someone runs against him lets work hard to support that candidate. This is how Berger got elected, everyone wanted to see Bill Caster go and Berger took the election. I do advise that any candidate running be checked out, of course. Say NO to SAFFO.

2016 years 2 months ago

Remember who tried to ram the baseball park down our throats. Remember who intentionally disregarded the will of the people and was soundly defeated at the polls. The only quality Saffo improves is his personal pocketbook!

Josh Fulton
2016 years 2 months ago

Good lord. If people care about their city, this man will not be re-elected.

Every year there’s a bigger hole in their budget that they have to draw on bond money to fill it, or do whatever trick they do.

Look guys, the convention center is losing $5M a year, roughly; there are under-funded liabilities in the “other post-employment benefits” program, totaling over $50M!! That’s right, over $50M!! That’s up from the mid-30’s just 2 years ago. This unfunded liability is going to keep escalating, logrithimically more than linearly, because they consistently under-fund their obligations.

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Straight Shooter
2016 years 2 months ago

Most of the people that blindly voted this idiot now know it was a mistake and will not do it again!

2016 years 2 months ago

Brian Burger should run for mayor!

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